Friday Five

Mental, physical and contagious diseases dominate the headlines

Cheap flights blamed for massive rise in skin cancer rates New research has shown that rates of the skin cancer, melanoma, have risen by 45% over the course of a decade. Melanoma is the fifth most common cause of cancer in the UK and is often caused by repeated and unprotected skin exposure to UV…

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“Alexa, what is this week’s Friday Five?”

Amazon Alexa provides NHS medical advice The NHS is collaborating with Amazon to provide reliable health information from the NHS Choices website through the AI-powered voice assistant Alexa. The technology will help patients, especially the elderly and blind, to access the NHS-verified health information and has the potential to reduce the pressure on the NHS and…

Friday Five

Conflicts, Cancer research and Children’s mental health

Consultants found to own shares in private hospitals have a conflict of interest New research conducted by the CHPI has shown that around 400 NHS consultants own shares in private hospitals exposing doctors to a potential conflict of interest between patient’s welfare and their income. Another 177 consultant’s own equipment in private hospitals,67 of whom…